Period
to 10 August 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for PCI DSS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited PCI DSS over the 6 months to 10 August 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
UK
6 months to
10 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 426 509 435
Rank change year-on-year +83 -74 -7
Contract jobs citing PCI DSS 124 364 567
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.35% 0.40% 0.55%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 3.41% 3.86% 4.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 80 228 400
Median daily rate £444 £523 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.07% +4.50% +5.26%
10th Percentile £296 £373 £350
90th Percentile £677 £696 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £500 £475
% change year-on-year -17.00% +5.26% +3.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 2
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.00 £65.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +52.17% -64.62% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £23.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year +52.17% -48.89% -

PCI DSS is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 3,638 9,426 11,818
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.39% 10.28% 11.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,126 5,832 7,499
Median daily rate £458 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.67% - +0.56%
10th Percentile £256 £228 £250
90th Percentile £645 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +1.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 187 425 384
Median hourly rate £26.50 £22.00 £23.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.45% -5.38% +6.16%
10th Percentile £11.82 £10.92 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.85 £53.75 £52.50
Median hourly rate £22.55 £23.17 £22.00
% change year-on-year -2.70% +5.32% +10.00%

PCI DSS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing PCI DSS as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing PCI DSS.

Daily rate trend for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing PCI DSS over the 6 months to 10 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing PCI DSS.

Hourly rate trend for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Top 14 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing PCI DSS within the UK over the 6 months to 10 August 2020. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +104 120 £450 -14.29% 44
UK excluding London +87 70 £415 -17.00% 37
London +131 52 £450 -25.00% 10
South East +115 33 £365 -27.00% 7
North of England +89 15 £415 -24.55% 14
Yorkshire +62 9 £488 -9.72% 5
Work from Home -11 8 £381 - 3
East of England +76 7 £475 -7.32% 2
Midlands +72 7 £493 +9.44% 6
East Midlands +62 7 £493 - 1
North West +75 6 £415 -28.45% 9
South West +66 5 £700 +33.08% 5
Scotland +79 2 £415 +25.76% 2
Wales +34 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 10 August 2020, IT contractor jobs citing PCI DSS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for PCI DSS.

1 65 (52.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 64 (51.61%) Information Security
3 45 (36.29%) GDPR
4 42 (33.87%) CISSP
5 40 (32.26%) CISM
6 29 (23.39%) Cybersecurity
7 28 (22.58%) CISA
8 26 (20.97%) ITIL
8 26 (20.97%) Degree
9 25 (20.16%) Risk Management
10 24 (19.35%) NIST
11 23 (18.55%) Microsoft
12 22 (17.74%) Finance
12 22 (17.74%) Analytical Skills
12 22 (17.74%) Security Architecture
13 20 (16.13%) AWS
13 20 (16.13%) COBIT
14 18 (14.52%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 16 (12.90%) Firewall
15 16 (12.90%) Management Information System
15 16 (12.90%) Agile Software Development
15 16 (12.90%) Azure
16 15 (12.10%) Security Cleared
17 14 (11.29%) Service Management
17 14 (11.29%) Cisco
17 14 (11.29%) Unix
17 14 (11.29%) Office 365
17 14 (11.29%) Vulnerability Management
18 13 (10.48%) Problem-Solving
18 13 (10.48%) Windows

PCI DSS
Co-occurring IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 6 (4.84%) Tomcat
2 3 (2.42%) JBoss
2 3 (2.42%) NetWeaver
2 3 (2.42%) WebSphere
3 2 (1.61%) IIS
4 1 (0.81%) CMS
4 1 (0.81%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.81%) SharePoint
Applications
1 10 (8.06%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (5.65%) Microsoft Project
2 7 (5.65%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.81%) Acrobat
3 1 (0.81%) FrameMaker
3 1 (0.81%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.81%) Photoshop
3 1 (0.81%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 3 (2.42%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.81%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.81%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 20 (16.13%) AWS
2 16 (12.90%) Azure
3 14 (11.29%) Office 365
4 9 (7.26%) GCP
4 9 (7.26%) Serverless
5 6 (4.84%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 6 (4.84%) Datadog
6 4 (3.23%) PaaS
7 3 (2.42%) AWS Lambda
7 3 (2.42%) Azure ExpressRoute
7 3 (2.42%) IaaS
7 3 (2.42%) SaaS
8 2 (1.61%) Force.com
8 2 (1.61%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 1 (0.81%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.81%) OpenShift
9 1 (0.81%) Twilio
Communications & Networking
1 16 (12.90%) Firewall
2 11 (8.87%) VoIP
3 9 (7.26%) Wireless
4 8 (6.45%) Network Security
4 8 (6.45%) WAN
5 7 (5.65%) VPN
6 6 (4.84%) DNS
7 5 (4.03%) Intrusion Detection
7 5 (4.03%) LAN
7 5 (4.03%) TCP/IP
8 4 (3.23%) PBX
9 3 (2.42%) DHCP
9 3 (2.42%) MPLS
9 3 (2.42%) Skype
9 3 (2.42%) SSL
9 3 (2.42%) WLAN
10 1 (0.81%) BGP
10 1 (0.81%) Internet
10 1 (0.81%) OSPF
10 1 (0.81%) PPP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (8.06%) MySQL
2 6 (4.84%) Apache Cassandra
2 6 (4.84%) Big Data
3 5 (4.03%) SQL Server
4 3 (2.42%) Azure SQL Database
4 3 (2.42%) Cosmos DB
4 3 (2.42%) DB2
4 3 (2.42%) SAP HANA
5 1 (0.81%) Amazon Aurora
5 1 (0.81%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.81%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.81%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.81%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.81%) Redis
5 1 (0.81%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.81%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (2.42%) Jenkins
2 2 (1.61%) SonarQube
3 1 (0.81%) Artifactory
3 1 (0.81%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.81%) JIRA
3 1 (0.81%) Sonatype Nexus
3 1 (0.81%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.81%) TestRail
General
1 22 (17.74%) Finance
2 11 (8.87%) Legal
3 10 (8.06%) Public Sector
4 6 (4.84%) Retail
5 5 (4.03%) Telecoms
6 3 (2.42%) Back Office
6 3 (2.42%) Pharmaceutical
7 2 (1.61%) Banking
7 2 (1.61%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.81%) Arabic Language
8 1 (0.81%) Electronics
8 1 (0.81%) International Banking
8 1 (0.81%) Law
8 1 (0.81%) Local Government
8 1 (0.81%) Marketing
8 1 (0.81%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 24 (19.35%) Architect
1 24 (19.35%) Consultant
2 22 (17.74%) Security Consultant
3 18 (14.52%) Security Architect
4 14 (11.29%) Analyst
5 11 (8.87%) Security Manager
6 10 (8.06%) Information Manager
6 10 (8.06%) Information Security Manager
7 9 (7.26%) Security Analyst
8 7 (5.65%) Operations Engineer
9 6 (4.84%) Operations Support Engineer
9 6 (4.84%) Security Specialist
9 6 (4.84%) Support Engineer
10 4 (3.23%) Applications Support
10 4 (3.23%) Information Security Consultant
10 4 (3.23%) Security Technical Consultant
10 4 (3.23%) Senior Analyst
10 4 (3.23%) Solutions Architect
10 4 (3.23%) Technical Consultant
10 4 (3.23%) Technical Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (5.65%) LAMP
2 6 (4.84%) Memcached
3 5 (4.03%) Sensu
4 4 (3.23%) Middleware
5 3 (2.42%) .NET
5 3 (2.42%) SAP Basis
5 3 (2.42%) Web Services
6 1 (0.81%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.81%) CSS
6 1 (0.81%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (0.81%) HTML
6 1 (0.81%) HTML5
6 1 (0.81%) jQuery
6 1 (0.81%) JSON
6 1 (0.81%) LEMP Stack
6 1 (0.81%) RabbitMQ
6 1 (0.81%) SAML
6 1 (0.81%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 22 (17.74%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (12.90%) Management Information System
3 6 (4.84%) Linux Command Line
4 5 (4.03%) Public Cloud
5 4 (3.23%) PKI
6 3 (2.42%) Cyberthreat
6 3 (2.42%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 3 (2.42%) Fibre Optics
7 2 (1.61%) Embedded Systems
7 2 (1.61%) Freedom of Information
7 2 (1.61%) Hybrid Cloud
7 2 (1.61%) Mobile Payment
7 2 (1.61%) PMI
7 2 (1.61%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (1.61%) Smartcard
8 1 (0.81%) Blog
8 1 (0.81%) CMDB
8 1 (0.81%) NHS
8 1 (0.81%) SWIFT
8 1 (0.81%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 14 (11.29%) Unix
2 13 (10.48%) Linux
2 13 (10.48%) Windows
3 7 (5.65%) Windows Server
4 2 (1.61%) Windows 10
5 1 (0.81%) AIX
5 1 (0.81%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.81%) Mac OS X
5 1 (0.81%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (51.61%) Information Security
2 29 (23.39%) Cybersecurity
3 26 (20.97%) ITIL
4 25 (20.16%) Risk Management
5 22 (17.74%) Security Architecture
6 16 (12.90%) Agile Software Development
7 14 (11.29%) Service Management
7 14 (11.29%) Vulnerability Management
8 13 (10.48%) Problem-Solving
9 12 (9.68%) Project Delivery
10 11 (8.87%) DevOps
10 11 (8.87%) Project Management
10 11 (8.87%) SIEM
10 11 (8.87%) Stakeholder Management
11 10 (8.06%) Computer Science
11 10 (8.06%) Data Protection
11 10 (8.06%) E-Commerce
11 10 (8.06%) OWASP
11 10 (8.06%) Security Management
12 9 (7.26%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (9.68%) SQL
2 7 (5.65%) Java
2 7 (5.65%) Python
3 6 (4.84%) Bash Shell
3 6 (4.84%) C++
3 6 (4.84%) Ruby
4 2 (1.61%) C#
4 2 (1.61%) JavaScript
4 2 (1.61%) PowerShell
5 1 (0.81%) PHP
5 1 (0.81%) Shell Script
5 1 (0.81%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 42 (33.87%) CISSP
2 40 (32.26%) CISM
3 28 (22.58%) CISA
4 26 (20.97%) Degree
5 15 (12.10%) Security Cleared
6 11 (8.87%) SC Cleared
7 9 (7.26%) Computer Science Degree
8 7 (5.65%) CLAS
8 7 (5.65%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
8 7 (5.65%) Master's Degree
9 6 (4.84%) GIAC
9 6 (4.84%) PCI QSA
10 5 (4.03%) CRISC
11 4 (3.23%) MCP
11 4 (3.23%) MCSE
11 4 (3.23%) Microsoft Certification
12 3 (2.42%) BPSS Clearance
12 3 (2.42%) Cisco Certification
12 3 (2.42%) DV Cleared
12 3 (2.42%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 65 (52.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 45 (36.29%) GDPR
3 24 (19.35%) NIST
4 20 (16.13%) COBIT
5 18 (14.52%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 11 (8.87%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 8 (6.45%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 8 (6.45%) QA
7 8 (6.45%) SLA
8 5 (4.03%) HIPAA
9 4 (3.23%) ISAE 3402
10 2 (1.61%) Cyber Essentials
10 2 (1.61%) ISO 22301
10 2 (1.61%) ISO 31000
10 2 (1.61%) ISO 9001
10 2 (1.61%) ISO/IEC 27005
11 1 (0.81%) ISO 9000
11 1 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 1 (0.81%) NIST 800
11 1 (0.81%) PMO
System Software
1 9 (7.26%) Active Directory
2 6 (4.84%) Docker
3 4 (3.23%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (4.84%) Kubernetes
1 6 (4.84%) Nagios
1 6 (4.84%) Terraform
2 3 (2.42%) Istio
3 2 (1.61%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
3 2 (1.61%) Grafana
3 2 (1.61%) IBM Guardium
3 2 (1.61%) Nessus
3 2 (1.61%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (1.61%) Trend Micro Deep Security
4 1 (0.81%) Ansible
4 1 (0.81%) Kibana
4 1 (0.81%) Packer
4 1 (0.81%) Prometheus
4 1 (0.81%) Puppet
4 1 (0.81%) Single Sign-On
4 1 (0.81%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 23 (18.55%) Microsoft
2 14 (11.29%) Cisco
3 12 (9.68%) Oracle
4 9 (7.26%) Splunk
5 6 (4.84%) Google
6 4 (3.23%) CheckPoint
6 4 (3.23%) Citrix
6 4 (3.23%) SAP
6 4 (3.23%) VMware
7 2 (1.61%) ArcSight
7 2 (1.61%) Barracuda Networks
7 2 (1.61%) Guidewire
7 2 (1.61%) IBM
7 2 (1.61%) Imperva
7 2 (1.61%) McAfee
7 2 (1.61%) Qualys
7 2 (1.61%) Salesforce.com
7 2 (1.61%) SolarWinds
7 2 (1.61%) Sun
7 2 (1.61%) Tripwire